Monthly Archives: August 2008

This journal is eight years old. I always think that I started it on Aug. 31,2000  and didn’t post until Sept. 1st, but according to the stats LiveJournal keeps, I started this journal on Aug. 28th and didn’t get around to posting until the 1st. It took me a while to warm up to the idea of an online journal, and I am known for my ability to make snap decisions and rashly jump into things.

Two years ago, I noted that I ran 3.7 miles in 55 mins. Yeah, that’s nearly a 15 min/mile. At least, I’ve gotten a little better at the running thing. Today, I posted 3.1 in 27:01. Still not fast, but faster, relatively. I was hoping that the intervals would make me faster, but my hammie was pretty stiff and it took me a mile to figure out how to pace myself again. I must say, intervals were really wearing me out. I’d come in pretty much wiped out from them. But that is part of the point of them: tax your muscles and force them to be more efficient. Jogging is more energizing. I feel pretty good right now.

Might go out to disc this afternoon. It depends on when Eric wakes up and what sort of mood he’s in.

And she goes on and on and ON!

For some bizarro reason, Firefox is not letting me download anything. I minor problem, I guess, in relation to fixing Eric’s blog.

I don’t even know what went wrong with Eric’s blog. I’ll assume that it was due to me fiddling around with databases on Wednesday and Thursday. Of course, yesterday I procrastinated working on it. And then our internet went down. We’ve been having quite a bit of weather and figured something got knocked loose. Cox said they wouldn’t be able to get to us by Tuesday, which was not happy-making. But what are you going to do? So, I spent the morning feeling like a putz until I discovered, after my shower, that internet service had resumed. *shrug* I puttered with the databases for a while, became frustrated, deleted *everything* and reinstalled from scratch. That worked. I had backed up the database on the 4th and Eric had a backup of all the posts, so all we probably lost was the meta-data for the month.

I never did hear anything from the WordPress forum. I should probably let DinoHost know that contacting WordPress.org support isn’t a very helpful suggestion.

Trip to Michael’s was okay. I bought acrylic paints instead of oil pastels. I’ve never worked with acrylics, so that’s something.

Also, on a partial whim, I decided to hit Nationwide Vision and get some glasses. I fully realize that 2 Pair for $69.98 is a total bait and switch. The frames covered in that deal should be in the dictionary to define cheesy. I did find a nice set of wire frames for $30 and filled out paperwork for an examination. The up-shot? My eyes are healthy, I’m no more near-sighted than I was, my lack of depth perception was reconfirmed, and I ended up buying two pair of glasses for $110. Unlike when I went to a place covered in our insurance, I didn’t feel like I had been completely and utterly taken advantage of.

My joints feel like hell today. On day’s like today, I wish I had some good sedatives. Just sleep through this.

Movies watched lately:

The Godfather. Nope. Up until a few days ago, I had never seen Thie Godfather. It’s a brick wall of a movie. It lays down the story brick by brick and builds on it until what you have is complete and solid. It’s not the prettiest, unless you can appreciate the work behind and the purpose of a well-made wall. Which I can. I like movies like this. There’ve been some good ones lately, though none have gotten the reviews The Godfather has. Now we have Part II to watch.

The Vanishing (original version). Occasionally, remakes are better than the originals. And often the originals are *so* revered that the remake cannot be accepted as good by critics. Get Carter comes to mind. Without seeing the original, I thought the remake was pretty good. And when I saw the original, I couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. So, after hearing over and over again about how Hollywood had ruined the great Dutch thriller, I had to see The Vanishing. Again, I like the remake. Yeah, it has a Hollywood ending, but it does a good job setting up the story, making the characters believable, and does an awesome job with the tension. The original? Any scene with one of the females leads seemed stiff and stilted. Any scene with Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu was excellent. The ending? Didn’t work as well for me. But knowing what’s coming, I can’t compare to the first time I saw it, so it’s hard to really judge.

Sweeney Todd.  I had been on the fense about this one.  Burton-Depp-Carter vs. A Musical.  The last musical I saw was Moulin Rouge and I just didn’t care for it.  But…all in all, it was good.  Oh, the Joanna song annoyed the hell out me, but the rest kinda worked.  For me at least.  I’ve been sorta humming the tunes.  The visuals were very Burton.  The acting was alright, the story…well, it is a musical.  If you can’t see what’s coming, you’ve been doing something other than watching the movie.  I kind of regret not seeing it in the theater because we couldn’t turn up the music.  And I’m really intrigued at how it might be done on stage.

Anyway, the Husker’s are winning and I might manage to stay away for the rest of it.

I’m running away from home…

This post is going to be mostly entirely griping, so feel free to skip it.

Eric’s blog went down last night, causing much consternation.  My host says all is good and suggests I talk to WordPress.  Waiting for that beauteous reply now. 

Had absolutely no female registrations yesterday.  I was expecting at least one or two, which would bring us up to four girls per team for Thursdays.  But alas, not to be.  Now I have to bug people again.

I realized today that I’m going to have to endure snarky political commentary for another two and a half months while my generally politically quiet sphere of internet interaction completely lose their heads.  Is there a absolute filter that I can install?  Or do I just have to avoid the internet all together?  This is almost as bad as realizing I’ll have to live with Twilight LJ icons and flair for the remainder of my days.

I’m now going to go to Michael’s, one of my least favorite stores ever and attempt to by some oil pastels with my 40% off coupon.

In a perfect word, all these problems would be resolved by the time I returned.

Neurotic much?

The weather has been gorgeous.  We got the remnants of Tropical Storm Julio off the Baja coast on Monday night.  It brought a good bit of rain and sub-100 degree temperatures. 

Unfortunately, the storm made my joints ache so bad on Tuesday that I really wished someone hunting rhinos in the area with a tranq gun would come by and put me out of my misery.  Alas, no errant rhinos.  Yesterday, after hobbling through the first couple of points at disc, I started feeling better.  Today, my aches are down to the usual and whatever I’ve done to my hammie.  It’s been tight and sore for a couple weeks now.  Not that sore and tight have kept me off it.  Body, you’ll have to do more than that to discourage use!  Running intervals doesn’t get accounted for very well with FitDay, but I must be using up a few calories more than I think.  I’m sorta down to 116, and this should be a heavy time of the month for me.  I don’t really feel like I’ve lost weight, been exercising much, or eating particularly well, so the scale is either wrong or I’m neurotic.  Yeah, probably the last one.

What else have I been doing with my time…?

There’s league registration.  Jose’s been a little stressed about it.  He’s out of town at Burning Man until Sunday and I really hope he doesn’t let it bother him.  And I really hope another few girls sign up so none of us have to worry about that aspect any further.  I’ll be happy this time next week when teams are drafted and it all over but for the playing. 

I’ve been working on the drug culture of Weordan.  And coming up for terminology and slang is tougher than one might think.  Take for instance pale orange tablets, a depressant of common use in Weordan.  I thought about giving them the slang name “daisy.”  Daisies in Weordan would more likely be orange or red than yellow.  But the word daisy is derived from “day’s eye” meaning the sun.  The sun is still yellow in Weordan.  No one will ever appriciate, or even know about, the building that’s going into this world.

Also related to pain management.  I set up my own survey to self-take every day.  I wanted to set it up as a form that sends to a database, as an exercise in designing and setting these things up.  Alas, I don’t know enough yet and used a survey tool set-up through my web hosting.  Also starting to read up on ASP.  I’d probably be better if I concenreated on learning one thing at a time, but why would want to be productive.

Scram, you palooka, before I pump you full of lead!

So, I need a new slang term, or set of slang terms, for a drug that is used in Weordan. Leading me to do research on slang. Which makes me want to go around talking like a hardboiled detective novel.  There needs to be day for this, like Talk Like a Pirate Day, only you get to go around commenting on gams and calling people mugs. Did you know that muggles used to be slang for marijuana? Also, makes me want to watch Oscar.

But anyways, my references:

alphaDictionary * Free Slang Dictionary – Free Slang Glossary
Actually, this is a pretty spiffy site with all sorts of language goodies.

I was using the Online Etymology Dictionary, but then I remembered that Eric has access to the OED online. ‘Cause he’s, like, a student, and stuff, and needs the OED. *cough*

Of course, the OED is a time sink for any English geek. See you all tomorrow…

Actually, another thing I’ve been tossing around my brain:
I started reading Wade Davis’ The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie.  It seems that ethnobiology kinda refers to the interdisciplinary study of history, anthropology, archaeology, politics, cultural sociology, and ecology…as well the interplay of these things which results in why people do the things they do.  Which is probably the only why to actually study any of those subjects and what worldbuilding is all about.  So, I wonder, would more study in, say, anthropology help me be a better world builder?

Look at me, with the reading and stuff…

Book #15 – Hell House by Richard Matheson

This is a re-read for me. I believe the first time I read it was in college, not long after I read The Haunting of Hill House. The premise of both books is the same: four people, running the gamut of psychic to skeptic, are hired to spend a certain amount of time in a haunted house and perhaps prove the haunting real or fake. The way in which each is told is very different. This might be due to the decade of time that interceded between the publications, or it could be due the masculine/feminine aspects of how the stories are presented (my own pet theory). Hill House is more about the house, Hell House more about the systemization of the haunting.

Matheson is never quite as good as I think he is.  There are really only a couple of passages that illicit any sense of unease for me, and one of them probably only due to a particular nightmare I occasionally have.  I was kind of annoyed by the last ten pages in which absolutely everything is tied together after the remaining characters are led back into the house for a really dumb reason.  And in those ten pages, we’re suddenly given all the pieces of the puzzle as they are being snapped together by the main character.  Stuff is revealed that the reader has no inkling of earlier.  To me, that’s a bit of a dodge.

Two amusements that began a meh day.

Gnomeo and Juliet:

a computer-animated Shakespeare adaptation about garden gnomes in love

A Shakespearean tragedy seems to be odd fodder for this.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Selections From H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter.:

Few men dare ask the question “What is toffee, exactly?” All those who have investigated this substance are now either dead or insane.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lovecraft. While I’m not a fan, no one can deny that you’ve been influential.

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I did not sleep very well last night.  Too hot, kind of uncomfortable, and then the alarm rang at 5.  My play at disc was probably affected.  I felt decent, was running fairly well, but I was in the way more often than not.  I’m not sure if I threw the disc during the game, though I did manage to catch a score.  Decent D, I guess.

I’ve gotten very little done work-wise today and will probably head to bed after I post this.  Just pretty blah all around today, not wanting to deal with much of anything outside of reading fiction that is not my own.